Manager uncertainty ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Manchester United as ‘struggling’ observation made

Erik ten Hag (left) and Newcastle United manager Eddie HoweErik ten Hag (left) and Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe
Erik ten Hag (left) and Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe
Newcastle United can put another nail in Erik ten Hag’s managerial coffin with a win at Old Trafford

Gary Neville believes Manchester United should stick with Erik ten Hag despite rampant calls for his sacking this summer.

Newcastle United have a chance to put another nail in the Dutchman's managerial coffin at Old Trafford tomorrow. The Magpies have already beaten Man United twice this season - including a 3-0 away win in the Carabao Cup.

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Just one win from eight Premier League fixtures means the Red Devils are in poor nick, with Newcastle looking to capitalise to bolster their Europa League hopes. A draw will all but guarantee the Magpies finish above Man United for the first time since 1977.

Many home supporters have turned on their manager despite having a chance of rescuing the season via the FA Cup. Ten Hag has overseen a campaign where the Red Devils will record their worst-ever points tally in the Premier League - as well as the most defeats.

But former captain Neville has urged minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe to ignore a vocal section of supporters and stick with Ten Hag. He told Sky Sports: “I don’t see a suitable replacement for Ten Hag available. Bayern Munich are struggling to find a replacement, others are struggling. 

“I think we need to stick with Ten Hag and give him one more season - an injury-free season - to see if United can get back to the standards of last season where they won a trophy and finished in the top four. Players and managers have struggled to come to terms with Old Trafford in the last 10 years. 

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“These players and managers were great when United signed them, so there is something fundamentally wrong that is creating this difficulty. Maybe the new ownership and personnel will allow these players and manager to feel more stable.”

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